Phew, let's get back to the nail art shall we, and today's pitstop on the Summer Challenge was either jungle or parrots. I hadn't totally decided what to do for this one, and when I was on holiday (and doing lots of experimenting) I created this, and quite liked it.
What is it ? Well, it's a base of Nails Inc Albert Place, the perfect summer blue, with a bright pink (Borghese Belissima Rose) brushed over it using a fan tail brush. I've seen people use fantail brushes before, and that's why I tried this. What I didn't bank on was that being a lazy Crumpet (who had forgotten to clean up her fantail brush last time she used it) I ended up with a much rougher effect, and one I liked much more as a result.
And that's how the parrot nails began - literally by experimenting and layering colours on top of each other (it was also the week I did the Acid Wash nails, so you know I was in a playful mood).
This is soooo simple, and so plain yet different, that I've done it a couple more times since. It's so easy to do, and if you get the colour mix right, it's very ooooh la la.
All you need to do is blob a couple of drops of polish near the cuticle, and then swathe them down the nail in rough strokes.
My colour mix is a little wrong here for 2 reasons. After the pink, I wanted a lime green so chose Barry M's .. er, Lime Green .... and it was just too sheer, and doesn't make enough of a statement of its own. I then layered it with orange, forgetting that a dark base turns orange quite rusty, so overall, these are a little murkier than I would have liked. The pink and purple version I did was MUCH better - you can see that on July 11th.
I turned the contrast WAAAAAAY up on this one to try and show you the polish mix better - I think a more opaque green or even a yellow would have been a much better choice.
Finally, this is what my brush looks like - can you see how old polish has clogged it? THAT'S what gets you the rough pattern. If you'd prefer something smoother, do what Crumpet never does - Clean Up lol.
Right, lots to do. There's 1 more week of Celebration 500 left. That's 7 more Guest Posts ..... 5 more stash / haul posts ...... 4 Best of posts .... 2 rare and lusted after polishes ..... and that's as well as the summer challenge, Superheroes v Villains, Stamping Sunday, Lazy Sunday and the usual malarkey! Oh, and a Very British Giveaway, did I mention that ??
Enjoy, and don't forget to check out the other Fairies :)
Neivys - http://maquiclubgirl.blogspot.com/
Jo @ Northern Nails - http://therockchicksrambles.blogspot.co.uk/
Helena - http://nailwish.blogspot.com.es/
Cuti-CLUE-les - http://cuti-clue-les.blogspot.com/
Katee - http://www.agirlandherpolish.com
Alyssa at Fancy Phalanges - http://fancyphalanges.blogspot.com/
Lucie @ Lucy's Stash www.lucysstash.com
Caitlin - www.caitlinscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Vic @ Glowstars http://glowstars.net
Rychelle @ Colorsplash Nails- http://colorsplashnails.blogspot.com/
Stella - http://mywetnails.blogspot.com
Christine @ http://lost-in-my-reverie.blogspot.com
Bazzia @ http://polishmymind.blogspot.se/
Missy the Manicured Maniac @ http://melissahenderson95.blogspot.com/
Michelle @ http://lacquerorleaveher.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth @ http://nailpolishismycrack.blogspot.com/
Shayleen @ http://simplyhandyallyear.blogspot.com/
Nayade @ Toxic Vanity http://www.toxicvanity.com